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To the Editor:—
It is pleasant to find this letter of James Jackson (1777-1867) addressed to Sir James Paget in the collection of the Royal College of Surgeons. Jackson is still remembered by his Letters to a Young Physician (1855) and his early scientific work on vaccination in the United States. The letter is revealing of his day and also shows that he never lost contact with the British medical world.Boston, 22 Sept. 1855.Sir:I take the liberty of sending two books, of which I beg your acceptance. If you will look into them you will find I am an old man. You will perceive deficiencies enough, but you may perhaps perceive in me a love of what is true and beautiful in science.... My principal object in forwarding you these books is to get an opportunity to express my feelings of respect to you. This I have
Heindel RH. JACKSON AND JAMES PAGET. JAMA. 1937;109(16):1295. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780420055025